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KEISHN/S EETtr&N TO HATHURA'.                                       B3
All unconcerned at this stupendous encounter, Krishna returned to his
childish sports and was enjoying a game of blind-man's buff, when the demon
Byomasar canie up In guise as a cowherd and asked to join the party. After
a little, he proposed to vary the amusement by a tnm at wolf-and goats, and
then lying in ambush and transforming himself into a real wolf he fell upon
the children, one by one, and tore them in pieces, till Krishna^ detecting his
wiles, dragged him from his cover and, seizing him by the throat, beat him to
At this juncture, Akrtir* arrived with his treacherous Invitation: it was at
once accepted, and the boys In high glee started for Mathura, 2fanda also and
all the village encampment accompanying them. Just outside the city they
met the king's washerman and his train of donkeys laden with bundles of
clothes, which he was taking back fresh washed from the river-side to the
palace. What better opportunity could be desired for country boys, who had
never before left the woods and had no clothes fit to wear. They at once made
a rush at the bundles and, tearing them open, arrayed themselves in the finery
just as It came to hand, without any regard for fit or colour; then on they went
"again, laughing heartily at their own mountebank appearance, till a good tailor
called them into his shop, and there cut and snipped and stitched away till he
turned them, out in the very height of fashion : and to complete their costume,
the mdli Sudama gave them each a nosegay of flowers. So going through the
streets like young princes, there met them the poor hump-backed woman
Kubja, and Krishna, as he passed, putting one foot on her feet and one hand
under her chln5 stretched, out her body straight as a dart*f
IE the court-yard before the palace was displayed the monstrous bow, the test
of skUl and strength In the coming encounter of anas.    None but a giant could "
bend It 5 bat Krishna took It up in sport, and it snapped In his fingers like a twig.
Oat ran the Mag's guards, hearing the crash of the broken beam, but all perished
at the touch of the Invincible child : not one survived to tell how death was dealt*
When they had seen all the sights of the city, they returned to Nanda, who
had been much disquieted by their long absence, and on the morrow repaired
to the arena, where Kansa was enthroned in state on a high dais overlooking
* Akrir is the name of a hamlet betwsen Mathura and Brindl-ban.
f "Kubja's well** in Mathura commemorates this erent.   It is on the Delhi road, & little
b^rornd theEatia.   Nearly opposite, a carre4 pillar from a Buddhist railing has been set up and
is w0nMp$ted as Psrratf.